FTC Study Finds Majority of Subscription Apps Use 'Dark Patterns'


  1. The FTC found that nearly 76% of 642 analyzed subscription websites and apps used manipulative “dark patterns,” with 67% using more than one.
  2. Common tactics include sneaking auto-renewal during sign-up, withholding cancellation information, and failing to provide cancellation deadlines.
  3. The study highlights the prevalence of design techniques that compromise user privacy and manipulate consumer actions.

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